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Dead and Gone: Sookie Stackhouse Series

Updated on July 11, 2012

An enjoyable addition to the Southern Vampire Mystery Series by Charlaine Harris!

The day I got the new Sookie Stackhouse book in the "Southern Vampire Series", I was delighted!

I immediately sat down and began reading.

In fact, I could hardly put the book down.

If you have never heard of Sookie Stackhouse or the Southern Vampire Series, then today is your lucky day. Now you have and you, too, can become a fan.

(Image of "Bill's House" used under Creative Commons license from Flickr user sookiebontemps)

Just Who Is Sookie Stackhouse?

She is a telepathic waitress who works in a bar in the fictional Northern Louisiana town of Bon Temps.

From Wikipedia:

Sookie Stackhouse is the main character in The Southern Vampire Mysteries, a series of books written by author Charlaine Harris. The first book in the series (Dead Until Dark) was published in 2001. The series is a first-person account of Sookie's life as a barmaid and telepath in the fictional town of Bon Temps, Louisiana. Dead Until Dark, won the Anthony Award for Best Paperback Mystery in 2001.

There is also a Sookie Stackhouse Website. Peruse it at your pleasure. Or if you are a Sookie fan, check it daily for the latest buzz!

Public domain map courtesy of The General Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin, modified to highlight state boundaries.

Dead and Gone - (#9 in the Southern Vampire Series)

Dead and Gone was a hit for me!

Sookie (who is not a vampire, BTW) lives in Bon Temps, Louisiana and works for Sam (he owns a bar named Merlotte's) when the shape shifters (you know, the humans who can become wolves, dogs, panthers, etc..) decide to come out of the kennel. And why does this matter? Well, Sam is a shifter.

First the vampires revealed themselves, now the "weres" are going public.

Life, as the population of Bon Temps knew it, is definitely changing.

The book was an easy read. The characters were easy to keep in order. Not too many subplots to make things confusing. Just enough to keep one guessing. I also enjoyed getting to know more about Sookie's fairy heritage, too. (Sookie has a fairy assigned to watch over her, by the way.)

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I only had one problem, the Sookie that used to live in my imagination was gone! Sookie did not look like Anna Paquin in the earlier books before the HBO series True Blood came out. The Sookie I pictured was more petite and curvy. Kind of like a petite Barbie doll. Her hair was definitely bigger, too.

Now, whenever Sookie opened her mouth or her mind, all I could see was Anna Paquin's Sookie. That is not a bad thing, it was just disconcerting for me.

I love the Sookie character. Sookie is "different", yes. Even though she is attractive and loving, the "normal" people in her life treat her differently. They know there is something strange about her. But, she adapted and learned to co-exist with those "normal" ones out there. She even found things about her "gift" to make her smile. What else could she do? Only the "supes" treated her with respect and admiration for who she was. What she is is telepathic -- she can read minds.

I admire Sookie because she speaks her mind and tries to be true to herself. She accepts who she is and takes no "guff" from anyone! She asserts her right to live her life as she chooses and is right proud of it!

Other books by Charlaine Harris: - If you like the Southern Vampire Series, then do I have some books for you!

Just in case you did not know it, Charlaine Harris has written at least four other book series that are every bit as good (I think) as the Sookie novels.

I have read books in every series except the Lily Bard one. And believe me, I will be reading one of those books very soon.

I have not been disappointed in any book by Ms. Harris, yet!

If you have read the other books, please vote for your favorite series here. Feel free to make a comment about your choice in the "guest book" below.

Sookie's Adventures - Read the Southern Vampire Series In Order - if possible

True Blood: Season 1
True Blood: Season 1

I adored the first season of this series on HBO. In fact, when reading Dead and Gone (book 9), I could only see Anna Paquin as Sookie.

Many Bloody Returns
Many Bloody Returns

If you have read the entire series, this will satiate you until the new Sookie book comes out!

A Touch of Dead (Sookie Stackhouse: The Complete Stories)
A Touch of Dead (Sookie Stackhouse: The Complete Stories)

Coming in October 2009. Amazon is taking pre-orders!


Southern Vampires on YouTube - Sookie Stackhouse is alive!

Just some interesting videos picked by me.

Please let me know you were here! Even if you do not like Sookie Stackhouse or the Southern Vampire Series, give me a shout out!

You can be "Here and Gone"!

Let me know your thoughts about Dead and Gone: - Did you like this Sookie Stackhouse book as much as I did?

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      Laniann 8 years ago

      I haven't read any of these books. You have given a very good review of the series and the main character Sookie. 5*

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      missbat 8 years ago

      I've read the Southern Vampire Mystery Series since it started. While I've enjoyed the series, it's definitely had its ups and downs. The last book was good but it felt a little rushed -- maybe because season 2 of True Blood was about to start? Either way, I look forward to continuing to read Sookie's adventures!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I haven't read any of these books, so I'll have to take your word about them being good!

      Best wishes always!